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Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now

US authorities have indicted 13 Russian individuals for allegedly meddling in elections by organising pro-Trump and anti-Clinton rallies and social media ads.

In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behaviour is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system – a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any US president in history. Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all.

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Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter | US news | The Guardian

After the indictment was released, Trump tweeted: ‘The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!’

What Robert Mueller delivered in Friday’s indictment were the first charges for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. He is getting to the heart of the matter.
Robert Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump
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The special counsel also buried once and for all Donald Trump’s mealy-mouthed obfuscations over whether Russia was responsible for this confidence trick of breathtaking scope and scale. Former CIA director-general Michael Hayden has described it as the political equivalent of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

But what Mueller has not yet produced is compelling evidence that demonstrates the president or his campaign knowingly coordinated with Russians to cheat Hillary Clinton out of the election.

via Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter | US news | The Guardian

Don’t look to Trump for leadership after the Florida school shooting | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

It’s so heartwarming to hear this from the man who promised to end “this American carnage” in his inaugural address. Of course, at the time he was talking about gang murders, just as he did in his State of the Union address last month.

He must have forgotten to mention school shootings with assault weapons, like the AR-15 used at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. It was the same assault weapon used at the Sutherland Springs church in Texas in November. It was the same assault weapon used in the Las Vegas massacre the month before that.

It’s as if no politician could talk about protecting airplane cockpits after 9/11 because all we could was pray and send our condolences.

via Don’t look to Trump for leadership after the Florida school shooting | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

A Crisis of Democracy: Trump’s block of Dem Response to Nunes

 

A Crisis of Democracy: Trump’s block of Dem Response to Nunes

Trump’s refusal to release the response of the Democratic minority on the House Intelligence Committee to the declassified Nunes memo cherry-picking intelligence reports has been decried as a politicization of intelligence. It has been pointed out by legal scholar Laurence Tribe that Congress could in any case override Trump and declassify the Democratic response itself, if the GOP representatives wanted to. So this controversy isn’t about Trump or Nunes. It is about a Republican Party determined not to play fair.

While these analyses is certainly correct, they miss a crucial problem with our declining democracy in the United States: classified documents are inherently undemocratic and should be rare.

via A Crisis of Democracy: Trump’s block of Dem Response to Nunes

A wall and a war: Two things every fascist regime needs | +972 Magazine

President Donald Trump stands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, May 22, 2017, for his first official visit to Israel as president. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Both Trump and Netanyahu want to secure their rule by attacking liberal, democratic forces. But in order to do so, they need two things: a wall and the promise of eternal war.

via A wall and a war: Two things every fascist regime needs | +972 Magazine

The Nunes Memo, Spirit Cooking and Pizzagate

The Nunes Memo, Spirit Cooking and Pizzagate

The Game Plan

Nunes and Trump know that Rupert Murdoch’s lying Fox Cable News will be happy to become The Nunes Memo Network 24/7. They know that Sinclair radio stations (which have virtually taken over radio news nationally) will play it up big time. They know that NewsMax and Breitbart and other right wing webzines will beat this drum continually. They know that YouTube celebrities with millions of followers such as Alex Jones will spread the word of the perfidy of the FBI, or the “Kenyan FBI” as they likely will call it.

They already have 36% of voters and just need to create doubts in or support for Trump in 15% of voters who are independents, and they keep winning politically.

Research shows that people with idees fixes don’t change their minds just because they are presented with factual information that challenges them. In fact, they dig in. Thus, by the time the minority Democratic report comes out, many Republicans will be so wedded to the Nunes narrative that it will be very difficult to dislodge their certainty.

via The Nunes Memo, Spirit Cooking and Pizzagate

Bad News for Trump Haters: He’s Turning Into a Politician

This photo alone shows the power of the media to misinform.

President Trump during the 2018 State of the Union address. (D. Myles Cullen / White House)

The whole thing is kind of silly.

That’s kind of how the State of the Union speech is. What’s the point anymore? These annual pomp-and-circumstance State of the Union speeches are only about 100 years old. Before that, the updates were simply written.

Our entertainment devices have changed. Now, we have the internet, we have news websites, we have 24-hour news stations galore.

Not to mention Twitter.

Do we really need a president to give, in a formal annual speech, his self-interested perspective of what’s going on?

Of course, presidents—no matter who—are going to say that they are the greatest thing since McRib sandwiches.

 

via Bad News for Trump Haters: He’s Turning Into a Politician

The Power Behind the Throne Is ‘Fox & Friends’ | The Nation

 

Fox & Friends

Now, with Bannon out, we enter the uncharted waters of having a president whose chief strategist is the television. No staff member has replaced Bannon; the new power behind the throne is Fox & Friends.

via The Power Behind the Throne Is ‘Fox & Friends’ | The Nation

Global Journalism Watchdog Honors Trump for ‘Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom’ | Common Dreams

Trump has threatened to ‘open-up’ U.S. libel laws, sue news outlets, and subject their broadcast licenses to review. He regularly attacks outlets and individual journalists on Twitter and in speeches, calling them “sad,” “failing,” or “garbage.” Since declaring his presidential candidacy in 2015, Trump has posted about 1,000 tweets critical of the press. CPJ research shows that when public figures and political leaders lob insults at the media, they encourage self-censorship and expose journalists to unnecessary risk.

via Global Journalism Watchdog Honors Trump for ‘Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom’ | Common Dreams

Israeli Ruling Party Votes to Annex West Bank and Seize Last Palestinian Lands | Informed Comment

 Israeli Ruling Party Votes to Annex West Bank and Seize Last Palestinian Lands

“This is a historic event that we have been waiting for,” an extremist member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party said.

The latest radical move by hardline Zionists in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party could see Israel´s government annex all of the occupied West Bank, incorporating most of historic Palestine into the Israeli state.

The central committee of the right-wing party overwhelmingly voted on Sunday for a resolution urging Likud parliamentarians to push for the annexation of the territories that are already illegally-held.

“If the president of the United States believes Jerusalem is ours, there is no reason why a right-wing party and coalition cannot. It’s important for us to show Trump what the ruling party in Israel wants, and since he loves the Jewish people, sooner or later, he will come to the same conclusion,” the activist added.

via Israeli Ruling Party Votes to Annex West Bank and Seize Last Palestinian Lands | Informed Comment

Jerusalem: Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members over vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump holds out his hands as he speaks into a microphone.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favour of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

via Jerusalem: Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to UN members over vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

FCC begins restoring Corporate Privilege to the Internet | Informed Comment

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But the internet service providers– corporations such as Verizon and Comcast, were deeply unhappy about the neutrality, the liberty of the internet. They would like to charge MSNBC millions of dollars a year to deliver their news site to the public. What they have in mind is to create lanes on the internet– fast lanes and slow lanes.

It has been demonstrated that if a web site takes a little longer than usual to download, readers simply close the page and go on to another site. So the sites slotted into the slow lane over time will lose all their readers.

And you get slotted in the slow lane because you cannot pay the millions for delivery of your site that MSNBC or Fox can.

In other words, fast lanes and slow lanes wipe out the diversity of the internet and deliver it into the hands of a few billionaires and of governments such as the Russian Federation, who can pay for a fast lane.

It would be as though all highways in the US cost $1,000 to get on each day, and if you couldn’t pay that, you’d have to use surface roads, service roads and dirt roads to get where you are going. Billionaires could get on the highway because for a billionaire $1000 is chump change.

via FCC begins restoring Corporate Privilege to the Internet | Informed Comment

Trump attacks senator and dismisses sexual harassment claims as Democratic conspiracy | US news | The Guardian

Kirsten Gillibrand has called on the president to resign.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president tweeted.

Israel and US Hide Names of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements

“What we have experienced in South Africa is a fraction of what the Palestinians are experiencing,” Mandela told Royal News English. “We were oppressed in order to serve the white minority. The Palestinians are being eliminated off their land and brought out of their territories, and this is a total human rights violation. I think it is a total disgrace that the world is able to sit back while such atrocities are being carried out by apartheid Israel.”

Israel and US Hide Names of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements

Trump names Jerusalem as capital, critics brand it a ‘declaration of war’

President Donald Trump making his statement about recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim ...

Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

Trump names Jerusalem as capital, critics brand it a ‘declaration of war’

Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trump has fascist tendencies’ | Business | The Guardian

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“I don’t think we can have democracies that work where most of the people are not benefiting economically, where most of the people are worried about their job security. Society can’t function without shared prosperity.”

Instead America is led by a man Stiglitz says should not be in the White House. “He is not fit to be president. He does not have an understanding of the issues, the political process. He is used to making one-time deals. You can cheat your contractors when you buy a real estate property and fix it up. Reputation doesn’t matter. For the president of the United States reputation does matter. The reputation of the United States does matter. We are dealing with countries all over the world. They want to know if your word is good. Trump’s word is not good.”

Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trump has fascist tendencies’ | Business | The Guardian

With Bannon back in charge, Breitbart unleashes fury at Trump for Afghanistan speech

It’s officially on. Breitbart News, with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon back in charge, is ripping mad at US President Donald Trump after Monday’s Afghanistan speech foreshadowed an increase in ground troops.

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Behind Pauline Hanson’s burqa stunt is an ugly reality

Pauline Hanson removes her burqa after the Senate stunt.

The Australian media and political landscape is now awash with goons seeking to exploit the sort of far-right tone the Donald Trump presidency has helped legitimise across the West, all of them dedicated to the defence of free speech and the hurt feelings of white men.

Source: Behind Pauline Hanson’s burqa stunt is an ugly reality

‘Jews will not replace us’: Vice film lays bare horror of neo-Nazis in America | US news | The Guardian

A Vice News film crew embedded with a far-right speaker in Charlottesville last weekend seeks to highlight the motivations of white supremacists

Source: ‘Jews will not replace us’: Vice film lays bare horror of neo-Nazis in America | US news | The Guardian

Houston PD Chief: Trump’s Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as “Neanderthals” | Democracy Now!

President Donald Trump continues to face widespread criticism from police chiefs across the country following a speech he gave to police officers in Long Island, New York, that appeared to openly endorse police brutality. Commenting on the need to crack down on gang members, Trump suggested that police officers have license to use excessive force on suspects. For more, we speak with Houston’s police chief, Art Acevedo.Related SegmentMeet the Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas’ Anti-Immigrant ‘Show Me Your Papers Law’

Source: Houston PD Chief: Trump’s Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as “Neanderthals” | Democracy Now!

Ready or not, Trump may be about to face his first full-blown international crisis

n the many occasions over the last five months where President Donald Trump demonstrated his deep ignorance, his alarming impulsiveness, his bottomless need for praise, or his tendency to lash out when criticized, one common response has been to ask, “What happens when he faces a genuine crisis with the need to make difficult decisions and lives at stake?”

Source: Ready or not, Trump may be about to face his first full-blown international crisis